Salute our teachers
To spotlight teachers for their passion, hard work, and meaningful role in helping us grow, Felix Gray is excited to highlight six incredible teachers in our community with three limited-edition frame colors. Many teachers pay for school supplies out of their own pockets, and as a way to say thanks, Felix Gray will donate 10% of sales from this limited-edition collection to teachers' classrooms through initiatives like DonorsChoose.org—a non-profit that supports classrooms in need around the country.
Samantha GoldsteinELEMENTARY SCIENCE TEACHER
Ms. Goldstein started her career as a general education teacher for first and second grade at a Hebrew Language charter school. During her time working, she also completed her Master’s in Childhood Education with a specialization in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) at Hunter College. After three years learning and growing, she started teaching science for an elementary school in the Bronx. She loves watching as her students from kindergarten through fifth grade, gain a love and appreciation for science and knowledge of the world around them. Additionally, she also helps out with the morning math program as well as other committees throughout the school. Through hands-on activities, Ms. Goldstein makes learning science fun and engaging for her students.
Fabiene A. BooneFOURTH GRADE TEAM LEADER
Mr. Boone works as a fourth grade team leader at KIPP STAR Harlem College Prep Elementary School. He focuses on happiness and productivity with his dedication in the classroom and beyond. He maintains happiness by joking around with his daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys working out 5-6 times a week and playing video games. In fact, Mr. Boone formerly played college football for the Big Ten Conference (B1G). In order to stay productive, he remains active (in addition to working out) by cooking and attending events throughout the city with friends. On top of that, Mr. Boone loves sneakers and is currently working on building his own #TeachersWithSneakers brand.
Esther LokMATH TEACHER
Ms. Lok has been teaching middle school math for the past five years at the same school in Queens, NY. She has taught a diversity of populations such as honors, general education, special education and English Language Learners, which has made each year an incredible learning experience as an educator. In the spring, Ms. Lok received her Master’s in Childhood Education with a specialization in STEM, and is excited to bring what she has learned into her classroom. She is extremely passionate about education policy and being a voice for teachers. Ms. Lok is a member of an education advocacy non-profit founded in NYC called Educators for Excellence. She had the privilege of being a summer resident last year and participated in political campaign strategies in the education field. When Ms. Lok is not in school and working, she enjoys being outdoors at all times possible running or reading in a park. She is so excited to start the new school year with new adventures to come.
Cornelius Graves IVFOURTH GRADE LEARNING SPECIALIST
Mr. Graves is a Chicago native who teaches in the heart of Newark. He works as a fourth grade learning specialist and focuses on English and Language Arts. He is deeply passionate about teaching with exceptionalities and closing the achievement gap. Mr. Graves finds himself privileged to have always taught on incredible teams, and is grounded by his work, his kids, and himself. When he’s is not teaching or preparing to teach, Mr. Graves is most often singing in choir at church or teaching improv.
Melissa GersonSIXTH GRADE MATH TEACHER
Ms. Gerson has been teaching sixth grade for almost six years. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 and started teaching at her current school the following November. During these six years, she earned her Master’s in Educational Technology. Although her passion is teaching math, she loves to get involved in all the aspects of the school community and even teaches yoga to grades kindergarten, first, and second in the after school program. As the teacher of the oldest kids in the school, she prides herself on teaching students responsibility, self-awareness, and self-esteem, as well as the mandated curriculum.
Nicholas DiazDIRECTOR OF TALENT OUTREACH
Mr. Diaz just joined the illustrious Talent Team at Ascend Public Charter Schools, and is thrilled to devote his passion for social justice and education to this network in Central Brooklyn. When he’s not pounding the literal and virtual pavement to find the best candidates to work in and outside the classroom, Mr. Diaz loves to travel the world and continually discovers new and romantic things about his hometown of New York City. This characteristic is also related to his artistic temperament as he loves to dabble in creative writing and acting as well.
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